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Jams have a rich history but jam-making probably began in the Middle-East where cane sugar grew naturally. It is believed that returning Crusaders first introduced jam to Europe. Jam-making in Europe can be traced back to the 16th century after the Spanish had arrived in the West Indies where they had been preserving fruits for generations. Jams were a royal delicacy. In France, the magnificent feasts of Louis XIV always finished with fruit preserves served in silver dishes, made with fruit from the king’s own gardens and glasshouses at Versailles. In Britain, jams have their origin in Tudor times when fruits such as quince and medlar were used.
traced back – be followed to source
preserving – maintaining over time by cooking with sugar